American women gain TWICE as much weight as men every decade, study claims
American women gain TWICE as much as men every decade because they exercise less and pack on pounds after giving birth, study claims
- Scientists at Brigham Young University found that while women gained 11.9 pounds on average every 10 years, men gained 5.7 pounds
- Scientists said the difference may be due to less time spent exercising
- But pregnancy was also blamed on women who gained more weight over the period
- About four in 10 American adults are obese, official figures suggest
Women in America gain twice as much weight as men every decade because they exercise less and give birth, a new study finds.
Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU), in Provo, Utah, found that the average woman gains an average of 11.9 pounds every 10 years, compared to just 5.7 pounds for the average man.
Scientists said that less time spent exercising or in the gym could be the cause of the faster weight gain in women.
They also blame the pregnancy, citing a Dutch study that found that women gained about 3.3 to 4.4 pounds after having each child.
The study found that women gain weight for more than a decade than men. Scientists said this could be because they exercise less or because of pregnancy
About four in 10 — or 70 million — American adults are obese, official figures suggest.
Some research suggests that women are more likely to fall into the obesity category than men, while others suggest that there is little difference between the two.
Do women gain weight more easily than men?
A number of studies say it is easier for women to gain weight than for men.
One of the main factors responsible for this is the difference in metabolism between the two sexes.
Women typically have more body fat and less muscle than men, meaning their bodies burn far fewer calories while resting.
Pregnancy is also on the list as another possible factor as it prompts a woman to gain more weight. This can then prove difficult to lose when a new baby arrives.
Even more studies have pointed to menopause as a factor, because of the way it changes hormones.
Source: Cleveland Clinic
In the BYU study — published in the Diary of Obesity Scientists followed a nationally representative sample of 13,000 American adults, with about half of the group being women.
They tracked their weight for ten years, until 2018.
Results showed that a woman’s weight increased on average by about 10 percent per decade.
But in men, it rose by just 3.8 percent over the same period.
dr. Larry Tucker, a sports scientist who led the study, and colleagues said women may gain more weight because they exercise less.
They wrote in the paper: “Multiple studies indicate that women are generally less physically active than men.”
To back this up, they referred to a 2009 national-level study that found that exercise levels were “significantly higher” in men.
The team also suggested pregnancy could be the cause, citing a 2019 Dutch study that found women gained about 3.3 to 4.4 pounds after childbirth and a 2014 Australian study that also found childbirth. associated with weight gain.
But the scientists warned, however, that other papers hadn’t found the same association.
Overall, the study also found that about half of American adults saw their weight increase by five percent in a decade.
Another third saw it rise 10 percent and a fifth saw it rise 20 percent or more.
People were more likely to gain weight when they were young or middle-aged, the study found.
But as they got older, many more maintained or lost some weight.
Breaking down the data by race showed that black adults weighed the most (13.9 lbs), followed by Mexican Americans (9 lbs) and other Hispanic groups (8.8 lbs).
The scientists said race was a “good indicator” of weight gain risk, which they attributed to socioeconomic differences between groups.
Tucker added: “The US obesity epidemic is not slowing down. Without a doubt, 10 years of weight gain is a serious problem in the American adult population.”